Declaration on Venezuela by Member States of the OAS

Joint Statement
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Washington, DC
March 23, 2017

The Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States of America and Uruguay, deeply concerned by the situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, reiterate our commitment to the promotion and defense of Democracy and Human Rights within the framework of the Charter of the Organization of American States and the Inter American Democratic Charter.

We acknowledge the OAS Secretary General’s Updated Report on Venezuela, which we will assess to define the appropriate course of action within the Organization. Without prejudice we underline that the suspension of a Member State, as established in the Inter American Democratic Charter is a measure of last resort and all diplomatic efforts shall be pursued within a reasonable amount of time, before that decision is taken.

We reiterate that inclusive and effective dialogue is the right path to achieve lasting solutions to the challenges faced by the Venezuelan people.

Bearing this in mind, we renew our call to comply fully with the agreements reached through the process of facilitation led by former presidents and the Holy See, and to identify concrete solutions with full respect for the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; ensure effective separation of powers and full respect for the rule of Law and democratic institutions.

We consider it urgent to address as a matter of priority the release of political prisoners, the recognition of the legitimacy of the National Assembly’s decisions as provided in the Constitution and the establishment of an electoral calendar that includes the postponed elections.

Finally, our governments reiterate their readiness to collaborate with the people and government of Venezuela in solving the political, economic and social challenges faced by the country. We will review the progress in addressing these challenges over the coming weeks as we consider next steps.